Wyatt Hubert enters the fall on a prestigious watch list.
Hubert, a third-year sophomore defensive end for Kansas State, earned a spot on the Bronko Nagurski Award preseason watch list Tuesday.
The award, given out by the Charlotte Touchdown Club, annually goes to the player deemed the country’s most outstanding defensive player. Hubert is one of 92 players on the watch list heading into the 2019 season.
Hubert, a 2018 Freshman All-America selection by USA Today Sports, gives the Wildcats their 15th candidate for the award since 2011.
Last year, defensive back Duke Shelley was on initial watch list; prior to the 2017 season Shelley, fellow defensive back D.J. Reed, defensive tackle Will Geary and defensive end Reggie Walker landed on the list.
A Topeka native, Hubert played in all 12 games last season after redshirting as a freshman in 2017.
In seven starts last year, Hubert tallied 34 tackles (8.5 for loss) and 4.5 sacks to go along with a pass breakup and an interception against Mississippi State.
Hubert led all Big 12 freshman in TFLs per game (0.71) and ranked second among freshmen in sacks per game (0.38), which doubled as the third-best mark nationally.
Hubert’s best game last season came against Texas Tech, posting seasons highs in tackles (five), sacks (two) and TFLs (two) in a 21-6 home victory for K-State.
The Wildcats report back for fall camp August 1, in preparation for its season and home opener against Nicholls, which kicks off at 6 p.m. August 31.
The game will air on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.